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The things people like and would like to change about the city that they live in

The things people like and would like to change about the city that they live in 1094 742 Jesse Gao

Every city all over the world has so much to offer. These may be famous things that they are known all around the world for or small hidden things you only know about after you live there for a while. However, after living for some time in a city there are certain things that a person may not like so much anymore, and would want to change.

I interviewed a few people, living in different places about the things that they like about the city that they live in and things that they would want to change.

Maryville, Tennessee
What are things you like?

I love the friendly people of Maryville, TN. Blount county is amazing when it comes to community support for funding programs for the disabled. The kindness of the community goes hand in hand with the amazing beauty of our city.

What are things you would like to change?

There are limited retail and attractions, however, I would never give up our small-town community altruism to have those things. I guess I wouldn’t change anything.

Denver, CO
What are things you like?

I love the fact that Denver has so many days of sunshine. There are also an abundance of choices from mountains to rivers to go outside and enjoy nature.

What are things you would like to change?

Traffic. 😔

Mumbai, India
What are things you like?

The art and culture the city has to offer, whether it’s the architecture or the Bollywood film industry. There is a lot of heritage that can be seen all over the city, and a lot of food!

What are things you would like to change?

The city planning could definitely be improved, which would help with the traffic all over the city. There is also a lot of littering all over the city.

Chicago, IL
What are things you like?

There are 70+ neighborhoods in the city, and each one is so distinct and has so many different things to explore and do. There is food from all over the world in the city, it is so easy to find any cuisine. The art and culture the city has to offer range from museums and galleries to architecture.

What are things you would like to change?

The weather!! It can get very cold in the winter, and during spring the weather fluctuates from warm to cold every two days.

Memphis, Tennessee
What are things you like?

I love that there is always something to do in Memphis!  We have so many beautiful parks, great restaurants, exciting events at the river, and professional games and tournaments.

The best things about Memphis are the Blues on Beale Street and the BBQ. 

What are things you would like to change?

Our roads are in really bad shape and need repair, and our public transportation is horrible. 

Very high rates of unemployment and violent crime

The Top places where ID people wish to go after COVID

The Top places where ID people wish to go after COVID 1920 1277 proplight

The current COVID situation has effected everyone.  over the last year, people have stayed very close to home, with few opportunities to experience the wider world. However, it is April now, the hope of seeing some of the places people have missed is growing.

Most people feel the situation is improving or at least not as serious as it was in the last year. I interviewed several students at the Institute of Design, (IIT) in Chicago. Let’s see where they want to go and some of their concerns. 

Meet ID people
Elizabeth C. Engele

M.Des + Foundation

San Francisco

Bungaku Edward Kure

M.Des + MBA

Disney Caribbean Cruise

Samar Anwar

M.Des + Foundation

Northern Pakistan + Morocco

Vaaibhav Bhardwaj (VB)


Melbourne, Australia

Shinichiro Kuwahara

M.Des + Foundation

A baseball game

1. San Francisco
Why there?

I lived there for a year after graduating from undergrad (2015 – 2016) and have several friends in the City that I care about.  There are lots of adventures (hiking, beach, etc.) that aren’t offered in the midwest.  I had a plane ticket to go in March 2020 when the pandemic started, but wasn’t able to go.

Why can’t you get there?

I could go now, but I don’t think it’d be worth it.  I don’t want to burden my friends with meeting up if they are not comfortable. I think the restaurants are still closed. I’m in school so the costs (financial and time) dont make sense right now.  I’d rather wait until things open up, feel comfortable seeing old friends and hopefully bring a travel partner!

2. Disney Caribbean Cruise
Why there?

It has a nice view, fun events every night, and it’s Disney!!! 

Why can’t you get there?

It is too risky. What if I get a COVID there…

3. North Pakistan + Morocco
Why Northern Pakistan?

Pakistan is my parents’ home country and I tend to visit regularly, but I still have not been able to travel to the northern regions. My cousins and I have been wanted to plan a trip there. The area is known to be very beautiful.

Why Morocco?

The architecture and markets. I’ve always wanted to see it those in person. It’s a place of mixed cultures which I think would be interesting to see.

Why can’t you get there?

Because of COVID-19, traveling is difficult. I think it would be too hard to visit right now.

4. Melbourne, Australia
Why there?

Because my many childhood friends (people who are very close to me) live there. It’s been 3 years since I have seen them and we all miss each other. We used to meet up every year before I moved to the USA . We would travel to a new holiday destination, spend quality, relaxing, and stress-free time together. It is like recycling my energy and getting myself recharged for the future. 🙂

Why can’t you get there?

First of all, traveling is hard right now. Second, the place I’d like to visit is somewhere crowded. I would love to go to the St Kilda Twilight Market in the O’Donnell Gardens over summer.  You can eat, drink, enjoy live music and browse locally handmade arts, crafts, health and well-being products, and other creative merchandise, all in the shadow of Luna Park every Thursday evening. It is obvious that it is not as fun as it in the past.

5. A baseball game
Why there?

After COVID, I wish I could go to watch a baseball game with my classmates. It was a great moment to drink beer, eat a Chicago-style hot dog, forget about busy academic days and chat with my friends while watching sport.

Why can’t you get there?

Now, I can’t go there to avoid interacting with a lot of people, but I hope these days will come back soon.